About Chris West

ChrisWest Magazine Shoot 5.25.14-142Chris grew up in the foothills of Ventura, CA. It was a won­derful and adventurous place for a boy to roam. There were wild animals all around his house and red-tailed hawks in the sky above. Days were spent search­ing for blue bellied lizards, horny toads, rattlesnakes and anything that resembled a dinosaur bone or arrowhead. At night he read Hardy Boy adventure stories and fell asleep to the sound of coyotes and crickets outside his window. One of his many dreams was that of being a cowboy, inspired by TV westerns like Bonanza, Gun Smoke and his favorite, The Lone Ranger. A nearby cattle ranch and horse stable provided the perfect backdrop to play buckaroo. Summer vacations were spent fishing the Mammoth Lakes and traveling through Southwest states where he became fascinated with the Old West, ghost towns and Indian Reservations.

Now grown up, Chris enjoys building everything from stick horses to tree houses, helping children to run wild with their own imagination. Like the smell of a campfire that remains in your clothes, he wants to help create fond memories that will last long after their youth has blazed away.

When it comes to women, “there’s nothing prettier than a girl in western wear. Boots, chaps, and cowboy hats, I love it all.” That being said, Chris set out to create some fresh cowgirl fashions of his own. The results have been amazing! Using up-cycled cowboy boots, leather belts, western buckles and horse reins, a clever boot purse was created. Women everywhere from little girls to grandmas are snatching up these one of a kind purses. Other beautiful works include western wine totes, holster purses on decorative concho belts and fringed leather aprons, popular with waitresses and country line dancers.

Ventura or “Ventucky” is still home to Chris. He regularly rides Magnum, his favorite horse, in the Ojai Mountains. He still explores the back country for swimming holes, hidden caves and anything that resembles a dinosaur bone or arrowhead.

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